LO­CAL LINGO: WHICH ‘VIL­LAGE’ IS WHICH?

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - LOCAL VIBE - STORY BY DAVID BURKE

The term “Whistler Vil­lage” is some­times used by vis­i­tors to re­fer to the en­tire re­sort com­mu­nity. But once you’re here, it’s im­por­tant to nar­row things down a bit, as dif­fer­ent terms re­fer to dif­fer­ent places. Whistler Vil­lage, or just The Vil­lage, refers to the area along the main Vil­lage Stroll, from the base of Whistler Moun­tain to Whistler’s Mar­ket­place. It’s di­vided into the Vil­lage Cen­tre (south of the pedes­trian bridge over Vil­lage Gate Boule­vard) and Vil­lage North (north of the bridge). The Up­per Vil­lage is the smaller pedes­trian com­mer­cial stroll link­ing the Fair­mont Chateau Whistler and the Black­comb Day­lodge, at the base of the Wizard chair­lift. It’s ac­cessed from Whistler Vil­lage via the Fitzsim­mons Trail that passes be­tween Day Skier Lots 1 and 2 and over Fitzsim­mons Creek. Ini­tially called Franz’s Trail (named for Whistler Moun­tain founder Franz Wil­helm­sen), the com­mer­cial area at Creek­side, four kilo­me­tres south of Whistler Vil­lage, is now more com­monly re­ferred to as Creek­side Vil­lage, and has a unique blend of shops and eater­ies. In 2016, mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials launched a wayfind­ing pro­gram with some 200 new di­rec­tional signs. “The sig­nage will help peo­ple get around Whistler and find some of the hid­den gems, as well as the many pop­u­lar sites through­out the com­mu­nity,” Mayor Nancy Wil­helm Mor­den said.

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